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Awesome link sharing/commenting with friends.

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Ashwinn@shwinnabego · Co-founder, Point
@getpointapp
Would you recommend Point to a friend?
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Jonathon Triest
Hunter
@jtriest · Ludlow Ventures
This is slick. Being able to share content so quickly is awesome. Been using it with co-workers... "Point it to me" has replaced "email it to me". Also love the highlight text feature... hopefully this can reduce the strain on my email inbox!
Eddie Wharton@eawharton · Data Scientist, Dinner Lab
@jtriest wow. An actually awesome product that hits one of my best use cases for the internet. Great product @Shwinnabego. Great hunt @jtriest.
jason@jason · ceo, writer, event host & angel
it's like a real-time delicious... I like it. I really wanted to do something like this with annotated.com (or third voice type service). I just haven't had the time given Inside.com and angel investing!
Paisano@paisano · Applanta
@jason um...inside.com could do something like this too. Inside scoops from inside websites via your bookmarklet.
Ashwinn
Maker
@shwinnabego · Co-founder, Point
Hey PH! I'm one of the guys working on Point. For the curious, we started building Point to solve one of our personal frustrations -- we were constantly sharing links throughout the day with our friends (mostly via email + group threads), and wanted a simpler, more effective way to do this. What we've designed (so far) is a plugin for your browser that gives you a quick way to privately share & discuss directly from the page you're on. We're still in our early stages and in beta, but would love to hear what you all think about it!
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@Shwinnabego what lessons are you guys taking from how Delicious did? agree with @jtriest that it's pretty ;)
Ashwinn
Maker
@shwinnabego · Co-founder, Point
@eriktorenberg haha thanks Erik! Without mentioning Delicious specifically (I think it was an awesome platform) -- one thing we've been careful to do is keep the product core to a single use case: here, privately sharing & talking about links with your friends. It's a behavior that we already do with pretty heavy frequency (think of how often you might email or chat links to a close group of friends), and we're just trying to deliver a bit more speed and simplicity here. There's a danger in overcomplicating a platform or service, so we're constantly working to keep our marketing, messaging and core product interactions simple and focused.
Brady Swenson@bswen · Technologist. Designer. Photographer.
@Shwinnabego This is great, we've started using Point today for link sharing and will continue to use it - easier than pasting links into a Slack room and the in context discussion and highlighting brings a lot of value. Thanks!
Ashwinn
Maker
@shwinnabego · Co-founder, Point
@bswen awesome! super excited to hear that!
Matt Gardner@thatmattgardner · Co-Founder, RouteThis.com
@Shwinnabego Hey Ashwinn, our last product was something VERY close to Point ;) www.discobeta.com if you want to see. If you ever want to chat, feel free to reach out. Our trigger is press and hold of the mouse, we still use it internally as the pain is real for close friends/teams!
Alex Schiff@alexschiff · Cofounder and CEO, Fetchnotes
@Shwinnabego nice work Ashwin! Really love the experience and on-boarding - very well-done. The whole @ interaction is very smooth as far as ensuring I'm not in a text field to register. A couple pieces of feedback: 1) When I hit @ (before typing another letter), I wish it would show me a list of all my contacts I could scroll through. At least on my end, I only see a few people that appear to be in no particular order or reason. That makes it hard for me to see who I *could* have the conversation with. 2) For whatever reason, Facebook integration didn't work with me at all. I tried sending to several friends but they reported they didn't receive it. Any ideas? 3) This is really more strategy than positioning...are you sure groups of friends is the best positioning? To be frank, people don't talk about links with their friends enough to motivate them to install a Chrome extension. You might see that sometimes with friends in a particular industry, but those groups tend to ebb and flow much more. On the other, people discuss links at work CONSTANTLY, and everyone is a part of a consistent social structure, which makes it easier to get people on-boarded. 4) This really depends on your target (friends v work), but email might be a better choice of network for non-users. I'm also much better about responding to email than I am Facebook messages, but I've noticed that's very much dependent on the person (especially age - and it's not like I'm old, I'm only 23, but my cousins that are 18-21 have way different patterns). When you start a conversation with a non-user via FB, can they continue having that conversation within FB chat? Or does it just send them an invite? Couldn't get that far since the messages didn't get delivered :)
Ashwinn
Maker
@shwinnabego · Co-founder, Point
@alexschiff thanks for the comments! I was beginning to type up a reply, but wanted to reference a couple parts of your comments. I requested you as a friend on Point -- maybe we can have a meta convo on top of this page ;)
jason@jason · ceo, writer, event host & angel
i love the tutorial... i love chrome extensions... i love bookmarking. lots to love here.
Eddie Wharton@eawharton · Data Scientist, Dinner Lab
@jason not sure the last time I remember an onboarding for this type of product being so great
Markus Stefanko@mastef · Dood : The Puzzle Planet ( & pitchXO )
@jason lots to learn here
Ben Parr@benparr · Co-founder and CMO, Octane AI
Sorry to be negative nancy, but I do want to warn you: any startup whose core premise requires an extension is usually doomed to failure, because it is SO HARD to get regular people to understand extensions, much less install them and use them on a regular basis. It's a beautiful product, but seriously move quickly away from a Chrome extension as quickly as possible. I have only seen heartbreak, pain, depression and vodka when it comes to extension-based startups.
Ashwinn
Maker
@shwinnabego · Co-founder, Point
@benparr definitely! Probably one of our biggest challenges. Thankfully plugins are becoming a bit more commonplace, and the success of them depend on how easily you can get people to understand the app through marketing, onboarding, ongoing explanation, etc. which we are constantly working on. That said, there is exciting stuff in the works for Point that extends beyond the browser!
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@benparr great point and absolutely valid. Someone asked me the other day if I could name one mainstream, largely successful browser extension-based startup. I couldn't. Early adopters and techies will happily install it but it's hard to bridge that gap. I think I know your answer, but can you share your plans, @Shwinnabego? :)
Ashwinn
Maker
@shwinnabego · Co-founder, Point
@rrhoover @benparr To that first point, yup. Even if you look at the most installed extensions you probably see 5-10m installs..but nothing that is massive that exists solely as a browser extension. @rrhoover -- we want to make sharing and having discussions around web content with your friends as simple as possible. If we look at the problems in content browsing, sharing, and then conversation, it's even more apparent on mobile devices (lots of app switching, not easy or quick). We're onto some interesting things here, and are on the look out for some people to come join us :)
Akhil Anumolu@akhil_anumolu · Marketing Manager @ Delta Air Lines
@benparr Can do what Buffer did and create an OSX menu bar app.
Jason L. Baptiste@jasonlbaptiste · Founder, Studio
@Shwinnabego @rrhoover @benparr Ben makes a great point and I agree... BUT iOS8 extensions has a chance to change this. It lets Point access a new market and I see users adopting extensions in the form of apps. ie- install the app to get the extension. This is really neat and well done.
Ashwinn
Maker
@shwinnabego · Co-founder, Point
@JasonLBaptiste ;) exactly. and thanks!
Jonathon Triest
Hunter
@jtriest · Ludlow Ventures
@JasonLBaptiste totally!
Jana Trantow@janatrantow · Investor, Bluerun Ventures
@benparr 100% agree. Extensions are great for early prototyping of ideas because early adopters will always try it out but too difficult for the masses to adopt. @zackshapiro built numerous (awesome) tools using extensions (and one of which was saving and sharing links with friends) and I am sure could share his experiences.
Zack Shapiro@zackshapiro · Head of Mobile at Splash
@janatrantow @benparr Extensions are amazing because the alternative is to build your own browser which (obviously) a huge waste of time. But the other hurtle is getting a normal audience to understand what they are and what they do. I think "normal people don't get extensions" is a bit of an overstatement because normal audience are familiar with Pinterest's Chrome extension (built by @connor) which has millions on it. They're likely familiar with AdBlock that someone installed one time. Communicating what an extension is and its value are design problems. Things that can definitely be overcome but they're tough. Raising money on an extension alone is very difficult as well.
Ashwinn
Maker
@shwinnabego · Co-founder, Point
@janatrantow @benparr @zackshapiro couldn't have said it better myself!
Eddie Wharton@eawharton · Data Scientist, Dinner Lab
@Shwinnabego it also helps that this is a social product. It could totally work that a "techie" friend shares this with all of the non-techie friends they have and helps them install. The "@" UI is pretty approachable for anyone if you can convince people to just try it once
Ashwinn
Maker
@shwinnabego · Co-founder, Point
@EAWharton Thanks Eddie! Totally agree -- we have a lot of non "techie" people using it :)
Alex Iskold@alexiskold · Managing Director, Techstars NYC
@Shwinnabego Agree in general with @benparr based on my personal painful experience years back. However this is fantastic starting point and this is actually one of the few extensions that is incredibly useful right in the browser and the product would not be the same without it.